Carroll University

Image: Main Hall at Carroll University. Logo: Waukesha 125th Anniversary

100 N. East Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186
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Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Carroll University, often called Wisconsin's pioneer college, is the first four-year institution of higher education in the state. In 1841, settlers living in the Wisconsin Territory community of Prairieville established the academy that five years later would become Carroll College. Soon after its founding, Carroll affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and adopted the motto, 'Christo et Litteris,' which means 'for Christ and Learning.' Carroll was chartered by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature on Jan. 31, 1846, two years before Wisconsin became a state. On May 10, 2008, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the institution's name to Carroll University, effective July 1, 2008.

Tour Information:

Guests are welcome to participate in a self-guided walking tour of campus featuring both historic and newly constructed buildings, including, but not limited to Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall, Ganfield Gymnasium, the Idea Lab at Carroll University, Main Hall, Rankin Hall, and the Rec Sports Fitness Center. Buildings available for the tour will be marked with signage, and included in the tour brochure, available for pick-up at the Campus Center, located at 101 N. East Avenue. Parking will be available in lot #s 3, 5E, 9 and 19.

Masks are required for activities on Carroll University campus while indoors.


This location is kid-friendly.

Photography and Filming Permissions:

During this event, photography and filming are allowed in all areas of campus, except for restrooms, locker rooms, inside private residences, and office areas.


While ADA access is available to all Carroll University facilities via the main/ground levels, not all areas/floors within those facilities are ADA accessible.

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Metro Bus Access:

Free Waukesha Metro Bus rides Saturday, October 9th and Sunday October 10th.
Route 4 Saturday Schedule | Route 4 Sunday Schedule

Logo: Waukesha Metro. Text: Route 4 - Grand